We all hate stock photography, but it is kind of a necessary evil. I deal with it with my day job all the time. I use stock photography here as well and try to be as selective as possible. Now there is something new and exciting. I joined Death To The Stock Photography several months ago because (a) their photos are GORGEOUS and (b) I love their attitude. Every month I get 10 beautiful lifestyle shots around a particular theme — all for FREE.
Shots like this beauty here:
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This is photography by wonderfully creative photographers. They also have guest photographers who will present 10 of their photos for a month, another really fun twist.
Now the geniuses behind this cool little start up David Sherry and Allie Lehman are doing something really fun…a roadtrip!
Chicago. Big Sur. Seattle. NYC. Nashville. Don't you want to go? You can!
Virtually, that is. Just put a little cash in their gas money jar and you can be apart of the adventure. That gets you access to over 100 photos and stories from the road, something you will definitely want to be a part of. But hurry!
They start the trip on the 24th so the cutoff to contribute is April 20th. I've thrown in my dollar and look forward to watching how it goes. Of course, I also took the opportunity to ask David if I would participate in my Traveler Tuesday series, which he was totally game for.
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I'm incredibly lucky to have siblings who are adventurous, and parents who see the benefit of travel. My sisters are crazy, in the best way. One lived in South America in the peace corps, the youngest in Australia, and my 3rd spends half of the year in Africa. So I have big shoes to fill but it's much easier when someone could help pave the way. After some trips to visit Peru, where my sister was stationed, my eyes were opened to the beauty and wonder of traveling and talking with people who live different lives other than yourself.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Travel is perspective. 🙂
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Bicycle! What an amazing and efficient machine! I think they're beautiful, functional, and allow you to see from a different vantage than by car or train.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
Read! But to be honest I get pretty bored on planes. I try and chat with my neighbors as well. You can meet so many interesting people on planes, but not everyone is always up for that.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
I was traveling in Italy and had gone out to a nice dinner in one of the plazas. I struck up a conversation with he family next to me, who happened to be from the US and we're extremely nice and easy to talk with. I had incredible Italian gnocchi and gelato for dinner and when I went to pay it turns out the family had already picked up my check!! Amazing dinner, amazing conversation, plaza in Italy, dinner paid for. Was a good one…
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Be AUTHENTIC. Everyone can have an amazing blog if they do this. If you want engaged readers and community, just be as honest as you possibly can. It's tough to do, but when you express yourself in it's true form I find people gravitate to it.
 Where to next?
I'm SO SO excited for our road trip, which is taking us to Big Sur, Seattle, Nashville, Chicago, and NYC. BUT I really really want to go to Thailand and backpack around there for awhile.
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